Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister and the Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), has said that she would have ideally liked to change the name of the party because of the nationalist implications of the word.
Speaking in conversation with Elif Shafak, a Turkish author, Sturgeon admitted that the word nationalist was “difficult”. Sturgeon also said, “if I could turn the clock back, what 90 years, to the establishment of my party, and choose its name all over again, I wouldn’t choose the name it has got just now, I would call it something other than the Scottish National Party”.
The First Minister added:
“Now people say why don’t you change its name now? Well that would be far too complicated. Because what those of us who do support Scottish independence are all about could not be further removed from some of what you would recognise as nationalism in other parts of the world”.